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Communities in Transition 

for Queensland Communities

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Livestock Management 

 

Useful resources

 

Substituting urea supplements for pasture-fed beef cattle with a nitrate supplement in the form of lick blocks, Clean Energy Regulator  

Methodology to claim earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) for emissions reductions that can be sold to generate income to the government tor in the secondary market, legislation, tools & resources 

Better herd management, Clean Energy Regulator  

Methodology to claim earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) for emissions reductions that can be sold to generate income to the government tor in the secondary market, legislation, tools & resources 

e.g. improving cattle productivity, reducing the average age of a herd, reducing the proportion of unproductive animals in the herd or changing the number of animals in each livestock class in the herd,

Feeding dietary additives to milking cowsClean Energy Regulator 

Methodology to claim earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) for emissions reductions that can be sold to generate income to the government tor in the secondary market, legislation, tools & resources 

e.g. Increasing the fat content of a milking cow's diet reduces methane emissions produced as a result of enteric fermentation.Eligible additives include canola meal, cold-pressed canola meal, brewers grain, hominy meal, or dried distillers grain.

Carbon farming: selective breeding of sheep for reduced methane emissions, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Selective breeding of sheep for reduced methane emissions. No approved methodology. 

Carbon farming: managing pastures to reduce sheep methane emissionsWA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Feed intake and methane emissions are influenced by the digestibility of the pasture and the concentration of plant secondary compounds such as tannins. Maintaining a higher proportion of legumes is a strategy that farmers could adopt to reduce methane emissions. No approved methodology. 

Carbon farming: nutrition and feed additives to reduce methane emissions from sheepWA department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Improved grazing and feeding management of sheep can reduce methane emissions per unit of product (feed efficiency) or emissions per unit of feed intake (methane yield). No approved methodology. 

Carbon farming: cattle breeding for lower greenhouse gas emissionsWA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

There is potential to reduce methane greenhouse gas emissions from cattle by selecting for higher feed conversion efficiency, or by using bulls with low methane emissions. Cattle with better feed conversion produce less methane per unit of feed, and are generally more profitable. 

Carbon farming: managing pastures to reduce methane emissions from cattle, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Pastures that reduce methane emissions can be categorised into high quality grasses and legumes, and plants containing secondary metabolites such as tannins.

 

Case studies

Carbon farming: feeding additives to dairy cows Montrose Dairy, VIC, Young Carbon Farmers

Feeding high fat/oil supplements to milking cows reduces methane emissions by speeding the passage of feed through the rumen, and therefore the enteric fermentation that releases methane.

Greenhouse spin-offs from improving farm efficiency Royston and Bandon Grove, LongreachYoung Carbon Farmers

Joining yearling heifers, selecting for high fertility, and controlled mating have more than doubled the Whip family’s gross margin compared with a traditional Northern Australian breeding operation. The Whip’s management approach has achieved a 33% higher beef turnoff and a 24% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity, compared to a typical farm in the region.

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